With some DIY spray chalk paint, a stencil template and an idea, your kids can create their own (washable!) guerrilla art! This isn't just outdoor fun - its a great lesson in activism!

Change: Stenciled Chalk Spray Paint Messages

In the grand tradition of all those activists and artists who have challenged, changed, and inspired before us, we decided to LITERALLY take our messages to the street today! We have been guerilla art-ing love and equality all morning with…

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Freebie: DIY Art Calendar Printable

A new year on the way – a new DIY art calendar printable! This annual tradition has become one of my very favorites. Every year I get messages or tags from families who have made these into absolute works of…

Discover: 10 Creative Websites for Modern Mini-Makers

The temperature is (slowwww-ly) dropping, the days are getting shorter, and everything seems to be a reminder that winter is coming (full disclosure: I don’t even watch Game of Thrones).  So in preparation for the indoor season, we thought we would…

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Discover: 30 Quick DIY Halloween Costumes For Kids

October has arrived and it’s almost time to costume up the kids and get out for trick-or-treating! But, it doesn’t have to take tons of time, supplies, a sewing machine, or expensive shopping trips to have the best costumes on the block. We…

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Eat: Homemade Peach Applesauce (with less sugar!)

Fall is finally here, and it feels like such a gift after the hot summer we’ve had. I’ve been so excited to ring in my favorite season, that I had to rush out to the local farm stand last weekend to grab some early apples…

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Drink: Homemade Low-Sugar Lavender Lemonade

Is there anything more refreshing than lemonade on a hot day? Yes – lavender lemonade – and we’re sharing our secret family recipe! I have surprised so many friends with this, and as a small party gift or picnic addition, it…

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Eat: Kitchen Sink Quinoa Salad

Looking for a super healthy, filling, quick, and EASY salad for a weeknight dinner or fast lunch? This is one of my absolute favorite summer meals. It fills you up without feeling heavy, you can make the quinoa ahead of…

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Make: An Origami Box for Nature Collections

As part of our celebration of Shinrin-Yoku and quality kids’ time spent in the great outdoors, we made a set of origami nature boxes – perfect for collecting and keeping all of your outdoor finds – flowers, rocks, leaves, shells…bugs…!…